As the warm, summer sun looked down on the park and I sat watching the brilliant colors of red, white, and blue rippling on the tall silver flagpole in front of me, I began to think back on the exciting journey that has been my life.

It was only four short years ago in February of 2007 that I proudly stood before the beauty of Old Glory and pledged to defend our constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. I shipped off that day, excited and nervous, but ready and willing, for basic combat training in the United States Army at Fort Benning, GA.

It was four years of dreadfully early mornings, hard work, and sometimes dehumanizing treatment. I remember being in the pushup position while being screamed at or being a part of some detail with no other point but to fill time. I remember standing during retirements and funerals at the position of attention for hours in the hot sun dressed in a full ceremonial dress blue uniform made of wool watching men around me pass out just from standing in the heat for so long.

It was during those painful times that I arduously willed the time to go by faster, but it never seemed to happen. The slow, cruel moments dragged on. The harsh months wouldn’t pass. The long years just wouldn’t end.

And then I blinked…

And it was over.

Despite the sometimes difficult conditions, I seldom spent my downtime simply relaxing. Almost daily, I found myself face-deep in a book, searching through some online tutorial, or working to improve my blog and my online skills.

Today, I’m out of the military and I now enjoy a healthy online income. Periodically, I’ll post about that income on Twitter or Facebook and without fail, people will message me privately and ask me how much I charge to set them up with a blog that makes them money like this one makes.

What they fail to understand is that this blog is over two years old. I’ve spent time learning, growing myself, and growing my blog and in their minds they can just jump in and have one overnight.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. It was built day by day.

So dig in. Don’t get discouraged. Take the time to learn your skill and become the best you can at it and soon, you’ll be passing me up.

I’ll see you at the top.

Nicholas Cardot

About Nicholas Cardot

It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.

21 Comments

  • Nicholas these were some inspirational words coming from a great guy who served our country.

    I show respect to those who have been through something and now are living the dream that most people only dream about.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • Nasrul Hanis says:

    Your experience is so amazing, pal! And it’s some kind of inspiring one!

    Life is about changes – and we are all going through the process.

  • Sam Thatte says:

    I love it when you tell stories from your past. Thank you for the encouraging words. I truly appreciate it.
    Sam Thatte

  • Joanna says:

    Hi Nicholas, this is Joanna, I received your article via my newsletter subscription.

    Thanks for sharing your personal experience and these crucial important moments of your journey until today.

    Hard work and determination pays off ultimately and gets you where you want in life.

    I have been around online marketing self training for the past few years and I can resonate with what you share. Beginners are not really aware of the effort, determination and time needed to put in in order to have a website or a blog that is generating income.

    It is in our responsibility to be truthful and honest about what it takes, instead of letting them on to believe such stories.

    Many people really believe what they hear for web companies that just want to sell a supposedly “instant money making website”.

    I had the same inquiry once by someone that found me online and asked me to build a website that will instantly make money, affiliate sales, course and seminar sales etc.

    In detail they said “I have few hundred $ to invest but with the expectation that this website will generate recurring income for me right after paying for it, for the years to come”.

    I said “ok, this is possible to happen in the long run, but you need to know that money will not magically fall from from the sky just because you will launch a website online. This is just the first step of your entrepreneurial journey and you will have to either invest a substantial amount of time in online marketing training or funds to hire experts to do the work for you for your business faster growth”.

    They were not exactly thrilled but its better to open their eyes rather than deceiving them for a fast profit that will not of course deliver the initial promises of instant profits.

    Thanks again for sharing and for being truthful 🙂

    Good day.

    • The responses were all similar in my experience. You tell them how you’ve spent years learning the ropes and building your online platform and they want to throw a couple hundred dollars at the screen and be a millionaire. I often tell people that if I could build millionaire websites over night, why would I work for a couple hundred dollars? Why wouldn’t I just start mass-producing those websites. 🙂

      Cheers, Joanna, to the long, hard road ahead and the success we’re going to continue finding!

      • Cheers to the road we have decided to walk on with “shoes” meant to keep us going regularly!

        Really, if it was that easy to build instant profit producing websites, then we would live in a world that almost all people turn their hobbies into a profitable blog and never have to work for someone else.

        Being naive today when there are so many scam artists out there can get people in trouble.

        Thank God there are also good people and trustworthy professionals that balance the situation 🙂

        Then again, it is up to anyone’s personal judgement what they will decide to do in the end.

        “The shoes we wear are made for walking”. And not everyone is made to walk in these shoes.

        Harsh but realistic.

        Have a great rest of the day and thanks again.

        Jo

        • Very true. I used to wonder why people waster their time sending out spam emails and setting up spam websites and then one day it dawned on me: It’s because they’re effective. They get people to commit their money with the alluring promise of getting rich quickly with very little work.

          I feel bad for the folks who are like that.

  • Nicholas! Always love your style. And thanks so very much for your service!

    I’m just getting rolling on a new blog and so greatly appreciate your words of encouragement.

    “So dig in. Don’t get discouraged. Take the time to learn your skill and become the best you can at it and soon, you’ll be passing me up.”

    I don’t know about passing you up, my friend! But I do appreciate your perspectives. Yup, day by day … one day at a time.

    Thanks!

    • Garry, the positive feedback from you is powerful. Thank you for it. It can be discouraging at time, but I enjoy the sessions where I’m looking back on a months profits working to find ways to improve and grow, trying to find more effective ways to connect with the good folks who stop by here.

      And, Garry, you probably will be passing me some day. I’d love to hear of your success as it comes!

  • Benny says:

    Thanks for being real and saying getting to this point isn’t easy. There are way too many people out there with promises of a quick buck.

    • I’m glad to do it, Benny. In the blogging world, they talk a lot about calls to action, but I think that people fail to see what that can really include. My call-to-action today is nothing more than calling each reader to a renewed fervor to keep learning and growing. I just hope when I write an article like this that it ends up being an encouragement to the folks that see it.

  • maddie says:

    Thank you Nicholas for your years of service. I will always be proud of those who volunteer to uphold the Constitution.

    Also, congratulations on Dagaloo!

    • Thanks, Maddie. It was a good four years. Although there were times that I wished it would pass faster, there were also good times and good friends.

      Thanks also for the congratulations on Dagaloo. Folks are signing up over there and the gamer pool is growing each day.

  • Sabs says:

    Great to hear your own story and encouraging words. I’d love to read more specifics on goals you reached or turning points where you knew you had reached the next level with your blog.

  • Noel Addison says:

    I like the “Rome wasn’t built in a day. It was built day by day”. Most people don’t realize all the hardships endured by most successful people today. They only want to succeed but do not do anything to achieve success.

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  • Petter says:

    Good post man!

    yes. Rome was really build day by day. One day at a time.

    Thanx for insightful writing.
    Im checking your website now every week 🙂

    keep up the good work!

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